Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding or undergo quarantine upon arrival, announced the Prime Minister on Wednesday.
“I can announce that in England from 4:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Friday we will be scrapping the pre-departure test, which discourages many from traveling for fear of being trapped overseas and incurring significant extra expense,” PM told lawmakers in parliament.
This revised entry policy still requires vaccinated travelers to take a lateral flow test on the second day after arrival.
People vising after Jan. 9 at 4:00 am, can opt for a lateral/Rapid flow test instead of a PCR. (Note that it’s Jan. 9 instead of Jan. 7.)
In case results return positive, travelers must self-isolate and take a free PCR test.
Everyone is compelled to book this test before departure. Lateral flow tests can be scheduled from Jan. 7 at 4:00 am.
These modifications apply to people 17 years old and older.